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Renegade Reverse Engineering - John Woo Style

Hemos posted more than 10 years ago | from the memento-with-two-pistols dept.

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MankyD writes "Just saw the trailer to a new John Woo film over at apple.com called PayCheck. Written by Phillip K Dick of Blade Runner and Minority Report, its a story about a top notch reverse engineer (Ben Affleck) who, after a quick memory wipe, finds trying to piece together the mystery of his past. It's also got Uma Thurman as the female lead. Unfortunately the website isn't up and running yet, and the premise of the movie seems a little far fetched, but this still ought to be a fun one."

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Looks like a good one (1, Insightful)

mjmalone (677326) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692518)

If you like far fetched hollywood plots that have no basis in reality. Wait, this is slashdot, of course you do! Hollywood always has to sensationalize and dramatize everything to a point where it doesn't impart any knowledge or insight to the viewer.

Of course, there is the arguement that films such as this one offer an escape from reality so that the viewer can relax and forget all the day to day shit that they have to deal with. But I lost all faith in hollywood when I saw keanu reaves restart some chick's heart in the matrix reloaded, I couldn't help from bursting out in laughter in the middle of the theater.

Re:Looks like a good one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6692551)

...films such as this one offer an escape from reality...But I lost all faith in hollywood when I saw keanu reaves restart some chick's heart in the matrix

hey smartguy, they weren't even in reality when he restarted her heart. they were in the Matrix. Realize what you're typing as the mental diarrhea spews from your forehead

Re:Looks like a good one (1)

DerProfi (318055) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692561)

I've come to expect nothing but crap from Hollywood. The real crime here is that yet another PKD story has been twisted beyond recognition; turned from a quirky, cerebral tale into an action flick.

Re:Looks like a good one (5, Funny)

tealover (187148) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692600)

I've come to expect nothing but crap from Hollywood.

In the spirit of the Open Source community, why don't you make your own movies ? Sounds like you have an itch to scratch (and i'm not talking about your crabs).

:)

Re:Looks like a good one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6692628)

movies, unlike software, take a lot of resources to produce.

Re:Looks like a good one (4, Interesting)

dtfinch (661405) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692663)

I was about to say "It sounds nice at first, but what's the point of making a movie if half a viewers know it in detail before it's 20% complete? It doesn't seem to fit the open development model of 'start a cool project and let the customer base finish it.'", but then thought of something

One could, of course, produce software under a modified GPL that says that all media produced under it be free (as in speech), which would require that all imported media must have been free in the same respect. 3D models like people, cars, helicopters, building, office equipment, and such would be free to anyone who wanted to make open movies, greatly reducing the development costs to "film and plop in some premade special effects". You might occasionally see two movies with similar scenes, but as this grows, it will become less frequent.

Re:Looks like a good one (0)

I Want GNU! (556631) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692578)

But I lost all faith in hollywood when I saw keanu reaves restart some chick's heart in the matrix reloaded
That implies that you had faith in Hollywood to begin with. Might wanna keep quiet with that one, guy... :-)

Re:Looks like a good one (0, Insightful)

tealover (187148) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692584)

But I lost all faith in hollywood...

What the fuck ?!? You had faith in Hollywood to do what... portray reality ?

Dude, they're fucking movies. There are all types of movies. You want reality based movies and you go see The Matrix ?

You don't even know what the hell you're complaining about. Just another typical, whining loser with no purpose.

Re:Looks like a good one (3, Interesting)

lightcycle (649999) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692624)

The thing I like about Philip K Dick is his ability to take _really_ far-fetched stories and still make all the pieces fit. Of course, this is mostly true for his stories in written form, the movies based on them mostly lack the depth found in his writing. OTOH, I have yet to see a PKD-based movie that is boring. I find Blade Runner to be by far the best, but the others (Total Recall, Screamers and Minority Report) are at least entertaining.

Re:Looks like a good one (2, Funny)

Sloppy (14984) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692672)

If you like far fetched hollywood plots that have no basis in reality. Wait, this is slashdot, of course you do!
Of course! When I see the name John Woo, the only thing I can think of that is better than "far fetched hollywood plot that has no basis in reality" would be "far fetched Hong Kong plot that has no basis in reality." Give me double-fisted gunfights with infinite-capacity ammo clips!

Alas, as far as I can tell, Woo has left that all behind. But I always hope he'll feel a nostalgic urge...

Hate to say it (-1, Offtopic)

asit+ler (688945) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692520)

Rox0r.

First Post?

Re:Hate to say it (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6692570)

Since this article is uninteresting, here's something I'd like explained:

Read the eighth paragraph, the quote from bush [cnn.com]

Someone please assure me that he means by population.

Re:Hate to say it (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6692597)

As we all know from the State of the Union address, President Bush is not expected to know what he's talking about all the time.

website wipe (4, Funny)

QEDog (610238) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692528)

its a story about a top notch reverse engineer who, after a quick memory wipe, finds trying to piece together the mystery of his past... Unfortunately the website isn't up and running yet
Duh! They wiped his memory and his website too.

Uma Thurman - Who cares? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6692529)

What we really wanna know is this: is J-Lo in it?

Chasing Amy was top of his game? (5, Funny)

jvarsoke (80870) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692530)

Did anyone else see "Ben Afleck" and stop reading?

Re:Chasing Amy was top of his game? (4, Funny)

ajlitt (19055) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692541)

I disagree. He was much more believable in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back [imdb.com].

Re:Chasing Amy was top of his game? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6692559)

Where he played a Satan-serving fallen angel as a sort of psycho frat boy.

I liked Alanis Morrisette's role as God much better.

Re:Chasing Amy was top of his game? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6692588)

I was ill after reading the "John Woo" part.

Re:Chasing Amy was top of his game? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6692619)

Ditto, The Big Hit [imdb.com] was one of the worst movies i've ever seen.

Re:Chasing Amy was top of his game? (4, Insightful)

critter_hunter (568942) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692702)

Uh, the Big Hit isn't a Woo movie. He's one of the 10 or so producers, not exactly what I'd call involved in the (pseudo) artistic process.

John Woo didn't do anything good since he made it to Hollywood. I thought Broken Arrow was nice when I was 12, Face|Off had some cool gunfights, and MI2 had a few nice action scene, but overall they were all terrible.

Not that anything John Woo made back in HK was all that great, but it was still much better than the tripe he's spweing these days. Actually, I can't think of a single Chinese actor who has been doing better in the US than in HK. Although, if Jet Li stopped making movies with lame rappers he'd be faring quite good - The One was great fun

Anyway, all this to say that John Woo's name isn't as much a turn-off as much as, say, Michael Bay. Ben Affleck, however, is even worse than Keanu Reeves. How can a guy who has been in *Daredevil*, *Reindeer Games* and *Gigli* be allowed to keep making movies. He's like a failure magnet.

Here's how to recognize a good Affleck movie: Matt Damon's in it. From there it's only a small step to give all the credit to Mr Damon.

Gobble Gobble (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6692601)

heh

Ben Afflec, what waste of sperm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6692639)

Yep, subject says it all...

GOATMAN IS ON TEH COCK (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6692531)

Hmm (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6692533)

Could it possibly better than Swordfish? Only if Uma shows off her Thurmands like Halle showed off her Berries.

Boycott?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6692537)

What happened to boycotting the MPAA?

Re:Boycott?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6692547)

They keep making crap movies we're all dying to see.

Re:Boycott?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6692651)

Duh, there's thousands of people on slashdot. Each person has their own opinion and own viewpoint.

Some boycott, others do not. We are not tools.

"We are not tools." (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6692714)

Rofl. Just rofl.

Honeymoon Gloom (not a troll) (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6692543)

Who wants to fuck the Honeymoon Gloom,
the Honeymoon Gloom
the Honeymoon Gloom
Who wants to fuck the Honeymoon Gloom,
and stick your tongue in his bowels.

To keep this post on-topic, I will now comment on the article:

This looks like it could be a great film. I was too disappointed in Minority report, but the concept of a reverse engineer with amnesia is amazing! I can't wait to pluck down my 8 bucks to the MPAA.

Hollywood Hype - False. (1)

Pavan_Gupta (624567) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692549)

Oh please, don't give me this kind of movie all over again. I saw swordfish when he was constructing the "worm" using those damn 3d cubes, it made me want to vomit. I just don't like this ... totally out of reality .. hollywood film. I'll give it one thing, it had a neat opening. I enjoyed it. The computer was totally full of cpus though, weird. Just a rant, ignore it as you will.

Afraid so.... (1)

403Forbidden (610018) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692688)

A story about putting together a puzzle loosely based upon the "hip" technologies and buzzwords doesn't work...

Didn't with Hackers
Didn't with swordfish
Won't with this movie...

It's only in the trailer stage, and already they spew a huge 20+ inch flatpanel with 6 CPUs at us... Most reverse engineers sit on a 486 with a 14" green CRT sucking down Jolt, if they aren't in a federal prison that is.

I liked this story (1)

jr87 (653146) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692550)

I actually liked this story by Phillip K. Dick. His works have been getting more attention since Minority report and I wonder if more of his stories will be put on the big screen.

NOOO not ben afleck! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6692553)

god i so hate that guy. he cant act. why does he keep getting work? it makes no sense. hes the new tom cruise of movies i will not see.... god i ahte that guy!!!! ala southpark i call him assface.

tv: " that new movies staring ben afleck"
ben: " hehe thats me "

god how i hate him!

Uma (2, Funny)

daeley (126313) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692555)

Stop! You had me at "Uma Thurman as the female lead."

Re:Uma (1)

bersl2 (689221) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692611)

It's too late for me to be reading /.

This is how I read your post:

Uma Thurman... female... head.

I think I can speak for us all, when I say: ...wtf?...

sounds familiar (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6692557)

In Soviet Russia, reverse engineers YOU!

Re:sounds familiar (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6692571)

lolololorlfrololroslfth!!!!11

Re:sounds familiar (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6692586)

stabble stabble stabble!

Re:sounds familiar (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6692617)

hahaha more like ben ASSLICK!!!!

Re:sounds familiar (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6692636)

move over bacon, now there's something meatier!

hmmm looks pretty good... (1)

fishmonkey (301785) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692558)

Looks ok, standard action movie I guess with a few futuristic tech. scenes for novelty.
Affleck is far from my favourite though :/

Quote from the trailer;

'Michael Jennings (Affleck) is not a secret agent, he's an Engineer!'

rofl.
Amusing seeing hollywood try and sex up reverse engineering, the geek crowd must bring in some serious $$$.

Just to be pedantic (4, Funny)

noewun (591275) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692562)

It's "Philip K. Dick, whose novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? was adapted by Ridley Scott into the brilliant sci-fi movie Blade Runner, and whose short story Minority Report was turned into a steaming pile of crap by Steven Spielberg."

So you're telling me... (5, Funny)

useosx (693652) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692563)

...Ben Affleck is a master at reverse engineering??? I'm sorry I can't stop laughing. I can picture him "thinking really hard", "staring at the screen", "putting the pieces together", etc. God, this should be a good one, I can't wait.

Can he reverse engineer JoLo's booty?

Re:So you're telling me... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6692587)

Can he reverse engineer JoLo's booty?

Who cant?

Yes! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6692687)

...Ben Affleck is a master at reverse engineering??? I'm sorry I can't stop laughing.

It is supposed to be comedy, the first in Jon Woo's US career. It's also the second comedy for Beniffer after DareDevil. Glad it made you laugh.

ACK! Get the spelling right (1)

smcavoy (114157) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692565)

It's Cheque damn it!

Re:ACK! Get the spelling right (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6692633)

One entry found for cheque. Main Entry: cheque Pronunciation: 'chek chiefly British variant of check

awesome (2, Interesting)

iamdrscience (541136) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692572)

Philip K. Dick is awesome, but I've always kind of been on the fence about John Woo and Ben Affleck. I'll probably bow down to the hollywood Gods and go see it. However, I'll go hoping for the best and expecting the worst.

Memento Redux? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6692577)

Sounds a little like the sleeper hit of 2001, Memento [otnemem.com]. I'm a fan of John Woo and Philip K Dick, but it'll be tough for them to top the coolness of this film.

Starring Ben.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6692582)

Ben Who?????

http://www.imdb.com/bottom_100_films

memory wipe? (5, Funny)

Lxy (80823) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692583)

...a story about a top notch reverse engineer (Ben Affleck) who, after a quick memory wipe, finds trying to piece together the mystery of his past.

After seeing Gigli, I wished for a quick memory wipe.

Re:memory wipe? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6692646)

This should do it [smith-wesson.com]

Re:memory wipe? (4, Funny)

Daetrin (576516) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692701)

After seeing Gigli, I wished for a quick memory wipe.

Carefull, if you did that, you might decide to go see it again.

And when the memory wipe wore off (they always seem to in movies, don't they?) you'd have seen it twice. Or maybe more if you'd gotten the idea more than once!

Can't remember; what's the story about? (1)

mayns (524760) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692585)

I know I've read Dick's original short story on which this movie is based. I went through a Dick phase about a decade ago and read all of his short-story anthologies. But whenever I try to remember the details of this story I keep getting my wires crossed and all I can think of is the short story about the captured spy they keep cloning and torturing to death, while releasing one.

So what is the plot of the short story "Paycheck"?

It's a good one. (4, Informative)

phillymjs (234426) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692724)

Been a little while since I read it, too, but here's the gist of it:

A guy works for a large company for a period of time. When he leaves the company, his memory of the entire experience is wiped and he gets the pay he negotiated for himself prior to starting the job. He was expecting a large sum of money, but instead gets a handful of objects. He then proceeds to get into multiple situations where one of the objects is exactly what he needs to get him out of a jam, and eventually he pieces together what he was doing during the period of time that was wiped from his memory.

It's in Volume 1 of The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, [amazon.com] featuring "The Short Happy Life of the Brown Oxford."

~Philly

Philip K Who? (1)

useosx (693652) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692593)

> Phillip K Dick of Blade Runner and Minority Report

Like the Slashdot crowd doesn't know who PKD is... (not to mention it's "Philip" with one "L"). Sorry to Troll but I'm a fan...

Should NOT be advertised on slashdot (-1, Troll)

veldmon (595009) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692594)

I won't let my kids watch movies, and I certainly don't watch them either. TV's one thing (Discovery channel, etc.) but I'd rather they read information and learn via the Internet or books than stare at some drug-using immoral Hollywood "stars" as they stumble through their lines on screen while we pay $9 for a ticket and $5 for a Coke and $6 for popcorn.

Spend time outside or something. There's so much more to life, and the Universe, than movies. I blame Slashdot, I blame ThinkGeek, and I blame everyone and anyone who's ever dramatized actors or rockstars or athletes. What ever happened to using one's brain? Society is heading down the tubes. Where are family values? Where are the American jobs?

Re:Should NOT be advertised on slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6692613)

shut up, ben affleck is an amazing actor, have you not seen Gigli yet?!?

Re:Should NOT be advertised on slashdot (1)

ProtonMotiveForce (267027) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692640)

You should have titled your post "How to make a pathetic attempt at a troll on SlashDot."

Try to be, umm, subtle next time?

Re:Should NOT be advertised on slashdot (1)

imac.usr (58845) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692675)

I won't let my kids watch movies, and I certainly don't watch them either. TV's one thing (Discovery channel, etc.) but I'd rather they read information and learn via the Internet or books than stare at some drug-using immoral Hollywood "stars" as they stumble through their lines on screen while we pay $9 for a ticket and $5 for a Coke and $6 for popcorn.


Spend time outside or something. There's so much more to life, and the Universe, than movies. I blame Slashdot, I blame ThinkGeek, and I blame everyone and anyone who's ever dramatized actors or rockstars or athletes. What ever happened to using one's brain? Society is heading down the tubes. Where are family values? Where are the American jobs?


Uh-huh. I bet you don't own a television [theonion.com], either, do you?

Don't be a luddite (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6692716)

There's nothing inherently wrong with watching movies. Just like with anything else, you have to make a careful judgment. Did I let my daughters watch Gigli? Of course not. It's all about parental oversight.

Do actors/actresses make too much money? I don't think so. Isn't it better that the money go to them instead of the greedy studio companies?

yes? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6692598)

so why is this?
I do not understand.

Sounds Like ... (5, Interesting)

Honig the Apothecary (515163) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692603)

after a quick memory wipe, finds trying to piece together the mystery of his past

This sounds like Memento [imdb.com]. Maybe instead of a polaroid and tattoos, they will use a pda or cell phone with acamera for him to remember what happened.Or not.

Although the Uma aspect is tantalizing. :-)

Honig

No, Memento was actually good. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6692627)

I expect this to suck.

IMDB Movie Listing, ISFDB story listing (4, Interesting)

Nova Express (100383) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692607)

Here's the IMDB listing for the movie. [imdb.com]

According to the Internet Speculative Fiction Database [tamu.edu], the story originally came out in 1953. (It's one of the Dick stories I haven't read yet.) Dick always was waaaaay ahead of the curve. (Anyone else notice how dead-on the youth-culture extropilations of Time Out of Joint were?)

Maybe we can hope for John Woo to return to his previous form of Hard Boiled and The Killer.

Re:IMDB Movie Listing, ISFDB story listing (2, Interesting)

discogravy (455376) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692632)

PKD was so paranoid and loony that no-one -- least of all himself -- though his stuff would be seen as anything but pulp fantasy. And now it's creepy how spot on he could be about some things.

I haven't seen the trailer but... (1)

MousePotato (124958) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692700)

I have had the opportunity to read the script a few months ago. It should be a great flick as it was fun to read and really kept my attention throughout. When I read it, I was told who the leads where but I didn't know Woo was directing. Now I really can't wait to see it.

mmm. . . Astroturfalicous! (2, Troll)

Farley Mullet (604326) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692618)

C'mon guys, I can see the ad for this movie if I go to the Apple trailers site [apple.com], a site dedicated to advertising. I don't need to see ads posted as news on this putatively news site. Given the size and interests of /.'s readership, I understand why studios and production companies want to start phoney "grassroots" buzz about their films here, but do the editors really have to accept the story submissions?

Re:mmm. . . Astroturfalicous! (1)

bender183 (447302) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692643)

Ben Affleck and the word phoney NOT in the same sentence....what are the odds :D

Re:mmm. . . Astroturfalicous! (2, Insightful)

imac.usr (58845) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692659)

Given the size and interests of /.'s readership, I understand why studios and production companies want to start phoney "grassroots" buzz about their films here, but do the editors really have to accept the story submissions?

Although I agree that this is sort of tenuous as far as /. news goes, my guess is that if the story really was submitted by an undercover marketer, they would have at least waited for the website to be online. At least, I'd wait until then.

Fuck this Hollywood shit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6692621)

Wake me up whenever "Art School Confidential" or "Clerks 2" is released.

too bad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6692623)

the life of real reverse engineers isn't so exciting.

Make A Choice (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6692641)

Either the MPAA is evil and you are boycotting them, or give them free advertising to millions of readers on the front page of /. and shut the hell up. You can not have your cake and eat it too.

Then what's point of having cake... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6692711)

...if one is not to eat it?

G5 In the trailer? (1)

KJE (640748) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692645)

was that a g5 in the begining of the trailer? man i know i'm a geek when that gets me hooked =)

Re:G5 In the trailer? (1)

Exitthree (646294) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692682)

No, it wasn't. There are several ways you can tell, first and most prominent being the lack of ventilation of the case front. Also, the missing fans in front of the CPU blocks, and position of RAM.

Sure, call me an Apple fanboy, but I read both MacAddict and MacWorld's G5 cover stories today and I believe I have the case and logic board structure at least temporarily ingrained in my mind.

Grammar, and Ben-Lo (0, Troll)

ProtonMotiveForce (267027) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692654)

Written by Phillip K Dick of Blade Runner and Minority Report, its a story about a top notch reverse engineer (Ben Affleck) who, after a quick memory wipe, finds trying to piece together the mystery of his past.

First, dear god someone get me a supercomputer so I can begin to parse that atrocious sentence.

Second, Ben-Lo's (aka Bennifer) career is done, I don't know why anyone would cast him in anything - he's made a joke of himself.

Hmm (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6692671)

I just noticed that "Phillip K Dick" is an anagram of "Lip Dick K Phil?"

Coincidence? I don't think so.

Music in the background (1)

yuvtob (533399) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692685)

Did anyone else notice that the trailer used "Fluke - Zion", which is the Rave/Love Scene music in Reloaded? I mean, this movie was out a few months ago, and that music was the centerpiece of the scene...

philip k dick (1)

versiondub (694793) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692710)

His movies and books are always far fetched and extraneous, but they always turn out well. Remember the only good arnold s. movie? Philip k. dick. his movies always rule, and this one will be no exception.

brief summary of the story (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6692717)

If the treatment of Minority Report is any indication, the plot of the movie won't actually have anything to do with the plot of the short story, but here goes...the story is about this huge secret corporation that hires engineers on a short term basis, then wipes their memories at the end of the contract term. But there's a contract term that states that the engineer can request an alternate form of compensation other than money. In the story, the hero (Ben Affleck...) wakes up after his memory wipe to find that instead of money his pre-memory wiped self opted for a bag of seemingly useless junk. As the story unfolds the pieces of junk coincidentally come in handy the save the hero's life, etc. Bit by bit, he puts the pieces together to unveil a vast conspiracy involving time travel. Read the story to find out the rest (I recommend getting the compilation "The Philip K. Dick Reader", which among other things includes this story and Minority Report)

a cursed writer (5, Interesting)

pgjpgj (690039) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692718)

PKD has been dead 21 years, doomed in life to being treated like a hack and in death to having his work mutilated by hacks. Hollywood has a knack for picking up only the most superficial details and missing the creepy paranoid subtleties that make the fiction so memorable. Of the half-dozen efforts to date, only "Screamers" (relatively obscure low-budget effort) and parts of "Blade Runner" are even modest approximations of the works upon which they are based. I have low expectations for "Paycheck": one of his earliest short stories, too long and clumsily plotted compared his masterpieces of the 60's and 70's. I fantasize about what a first-rate director could do with "Martian Time Slip", "Man in the High Castle", or especially "A Scanner Darkly". As long as crap star vehicles with the likes of bozos like Affleck continue to get greenlighted, fantasy it will remain.

ben afleck sucks (1)

pioneer (71789) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692719)

come on.... we see way to many films with this guy and frankly he has gotten on my nerves...

and talk about bad casting?

does anyone here look at afleck and think he's worthy of being a hacker?

seattle? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6692721)

did anyone notice the helicopter flyover of seattle in the trailer? is it a swipe at redmond giant microshiat?

Chase scene (1, Funny)

aardwolf204 (630780) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692723)

Well, if its going to make it in the theaters its going to have to have a chase scene in NYC, but who is he going to be running from?

My question is, who is going to play the DMCA?

Wipe it out (1)

mm0mm (687212) | more than 10 years ago | (#6692728)

its a story about a top notch reverse engineer (Ben Affleck) who, after a quick memory wipe, finds trying to piece together the mystery of his past.

I'm sure many of the audiences will want to get their memory wiped clean as soon as they exit the theater and forget BenA's wonderful memorable performance, a.k.a. "acting."
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